We live in a world where film, television, and the internet are all so easy to access, and we all have the means to access them. But we don’t live in a land where filmmakers are still able to get their work seen. Film, TV and all of these outlets are a great opportunity, but it’s a challenge to keep your film from being seen. If you can only watch one way, this is the wrong way. I know how hard it is to get through to the people and get their attention and love for your project, but in the end, it really is what matters. The cinematography on this film was as important to its success as its script and its screenplay. I could have taken my shot when it was a little bit easier.
The script was a different story, but it was the story I was drawn to and really felt I had to tell because there was nothing else, nothing more to say. But I knew if I was trying to tell a good script, I would be writing an awful script. In the middle of the story, I was able to tell the story I wanted to tell.
After a successful screening at this summer’s Tribeca Film Festival at the hands of Michael Mayer, who directed the film with his brother, Jeff, you announced you were back on a short film track. Your script, “The Big Score” was nominated for an NDA, a first for many filmmakers. What were you getting at (and what was the most surprising) surprise you encountered?
It was a lot of hard work and a lot of patience to be working this hard to get to this point. I was incredibly happy that I could see and tell the story I wanted to tell. I have been very fortunate to come out with a script that works even better now. That’s exactly what I was working towards. Now I need to do the same work I had to do to get to where I am today. I felt so lucky.
The script received a lot of criticism, it was called overly complex and heavy handed. What can you tell us about the response?
That’s all part of the process. A lot of what people write isn’t always true, but that’s the nature of the process. And this script worked at Tribeca. People weren’t expecting it to. People weren’t expecting it to be all that complex and emotional. The script became such a joy to read that I decided to continue on with this project. I’ve